Allocate More AIDS Funding to Washington D.C.

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Target: President Obama and his administration

Goal:  Increase funding to combat the AIDS epidemic in the District of Columbia.

The Obama administration must do more when it comes to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital has an infection rate of 2.7%, which is higher than that of some third world countries. Those who contend that sufficient funding has been allocated towards fighting the HIV/AIDS virus can look at Washington, D.C. to see that more can be done.

President Obama failed to show his support for the cause both at home and abroad when he declined to attend the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2012. It was the first time in 22 years that the conference had been held in D.C. However, Obama missed a chance to show support for an issue that is near to the hearts of many D.C. residents. The Kaiser Family Foundation released a study showing that D.C. residents thought HIV/AIDS to be the biggest health concern facing the residents of the district. Although the President has done some positive things when it comes to AIDS relief, those actions generally seem to impact other countries the most. The local government needs more financial help to make medicine and testing more available to the public. Since Congress largely controls funding for the city, Obama must encourage them to designate more resources towards combatting HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia.

D.C. is the nation’s capital and needs to have a better record when it comes to HIV/AIDS infection rates. Since we are already leading the world in global funding for AIDS research and prevention, it is time that we start spending a little more money back home. The President needs to stand behind his policies and start helping our nation’s capital back to its feet.

 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

Your administration must do more when it comes to eliminating the HIV/AIDS virus in Washington, D.C. The 2.7% infection rate in our nation’s capital is an embarrassment to the country and must be lowered.

I am asking you to strongly consider supporting legislation to directly combat this disease in our nation’s capital. As the epicenter of our nation, a nation that many look to for aid and guidance, Washington D.C. deserves a better future when it comes to AIDS. This is your chance to improve your public perception after declining to speak at the International AIDS Conference in your new hometown, Washington, D.C. Please better the city and our nation by getting more involved in the fight against AIDS here at home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

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